Civic leader, Barbara Hinson, left, stepped away from the Lewis County Museum of Natural History for the chance to meet Mike Wolfe, third from left, when he visited Hohenwald in late August. Welcomed by Lewis County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Debbie Landers, along with Lewis County Mayor Jonah Keltner, Wolfe and Leiper's Fork philanthropist Aubrey Preston toured the downtown area in advance of the announcement of a nationwide, back-to-rural movement, Nashville's Big Backyard. Every mayor in every city and county from Nashville to the Shoals of northern Alabama was invited to join the initiative which promotes rural areas along the Natchez Trace Parkway as affordable places to live and work. Private donors have contributed more than $100,000 toward the initiative. Lewis County Commissioners approved $5,000 for two years to assist with marketing. A video featuring Wolfe may be seen online starting today promoting this area. Check out the Lewis County Herald's Facebook and Instagram pages to be among the first to see it. Left, Hinson, Landers, Wolfe, Keltner, Becky Jane Newbold and Preston.
American Picker Mike Wolfe is joining leaders from 13 rural Middle Tennessee and Northwest Alabama communities to launch a new regional movement dubbed "Nashville's Big Back Yard."
Nashville's Big Back Yard (NBBY) is a region anchored by 100 miles of the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway that connects communities with populations under 5,000 - from Leiper's Fork, down to Muscle Shoals, Alabama. In the age of coronavirus, small communities are seeing a surge of interest from people who are drawn to rural living, remote work, and an affordable lifestyle.